Research Professor and Katzman-Ernst Chair in Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Innovation
Founder and CEO, Ednovate and USC Hybrid High School
Ph.D., Washington University
Phone: (650) 303-9930
Fax: (213) 740-3553
Dr. David C. Dwyer is the first holder of the newly endowed Katzman-Ernst Chair in Educational Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation. He comes to the USC Rossier School of Education with more than 30 years experience as an industry leader, researcher, and educator, and as an acclaimed expert in the application of technologies for learning.
Dr. Dwyer was most recently Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at KD Learning, where he developed an imaginative virtual world for children 6-12 years of age, providing them an opportunity to interact, master numerous games, proliferate and personalize virtual home environments and avatars, and engage in creative and altruistic activities.
As Chief Academic Officer at Apex Learning from 2002 to 2007, Dr. Dwyer led the development of an award winning, four-year high school core curriculum in math, science, language arts, social studies, and world languages, as well as several elective courses.
In his role as Director of Education Technologies at Apple Computer from 2000 to 2002, Dr. Dwyer led the development and implementation of the Apple Learning Interchange, a media-rich repository for examples of outstanding teaching practice. From 1986 to 1996, Dr. Dwyer was the director of the Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) project. During that same period as an Apple Distinguished Scientist, he collaborated with leading research institutions to document changes in instruction and learning in technology-intensive classrooms, demonstrated technical innovations in education settings, and advised education policy leaders and educators internationally.
Dr. Dwyer was also President and Chief Executive Officer at Edpoint, Inc. from 1999 to 2000 and served as Vice President of Advanced Learning Technologies at Computer Curriculum Corporation from 1996 to 1999, where he led the Education Enterprise Group.
From his varied experience, Dr. Dwyer has written and spoken widely about innovation in education, educational leadership, and technology. Dr. Dwyer received his Ph.D. specializing in innovation and change in schools, school organizations, and program development from Washington University in St. Louis in 1981.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) granted a charter to USC Hybrid High School on Dec. 6, 2011, paving the way for the school to open near the University Park campus in September 2012. The school will be open up to 12 hours per day, seven days per week and year-round for students who may be at risk of dropping out because they hold jobs or care for family members.
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